John J. Bowman Single Barrel
750ml $99.99 reg. $89.99 club
Distilled at Buffalo Trace in Kentucky but aged mostly in Virginia at the A. Smith Bowman distillery. This is a bold, hearty bourbon: not elegant or refined, rather a bit mean and moody at times. Sweeter, gentler notes of vanilla, caramel, nougat, mocha, and candied fruit wrestle with more aggressive tobacco, leather, and damp forest floor notes. Warming, cinnamon-tinged, gripping finish. A rewarding whiskey for those with an adventurous soul. RATED 90 POINTS BY WHISKY ADVOCATE.
Maker’s Mark Cask Strength
375ml $46.99 reg. $36.99 club
This is what I wish the standard Maker’s Mark would be like…more mature, spicier, more complex, and with a richer finish. Caramel kissed with honey provides a base for marzipan, cotton candy, cinnamon, clove, and a balancing leather dryness on the finish. RECEIVED A 93 POINT RATING FROM WHISKY ADVOCATE.